Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sorrento and Italy. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sorrento and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sorrento insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host® in Sorrento
My name is Annamaria and I was born here in Sorrento. I really enjoy sharing the culture and secrets of my land with Monograms visitors: from the world-famous island of Capri and the extraordinary excavations of Pompeii to the enchanting atmosphere of the Amalfi coast, not forgetting the wonderful flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.
Walk through the Old Town along the fisherman’s path to Marina Grande, once the main harbor of Sorrento. Sophia Loren was filmed in movies at this picturesque harbor. Stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy fresh fish brought in by the local fleet.
Correale Museum, Marquetry/Inlaid Wood Museum (Museo Bottega Della Tarsia Lignea)
The 18th century Palazzo Correale di Terranova houses the town’s museum, Correale. This was created by Alfredo and Pompeo Correale, Counts of Terranova, who later donated it to the town. The rooms hold precious examples of crafts and local art from the 17th and 18th centuries. On exhibition are some remarkable pieces from the Greco-Roman age, medieval elements from the Cathedral, furniture, clocks, porcelain, glass and a fine collection of paintings. The Marquetry Museum is also well worth a visit to learn more about this decorative art. The Museum’s principal objective is to promote and ensure continuity of the tradition of Sorrentine marquetry.
City train tour
Take a ride on the Sorrento train tour, with audio commentary, to admire panoramic terraces and the city’s beauty.
Hop On – Hop Off Bus: Enjoy some of the best views of the peninsula, its Mediterranean vegetation, blue sea and small, picturesque towns and villages. Stop at the ones of your choice to admire and explore, and then catch the next bus according to the circuit’s timetable. Audio guides with commentary are provided on board.
Villa Comunale is the largest public garden in Sorrento and is laid out with flower beds and shade trees. There are busts of the historian Bartolomeo Capasso and Sorrento-born magistrate and lawyer Francesco Saverio Gargiulo. Benches are provided so that you can sit and relax while you enjoy the view of the bay of Naples.
In the heart of the city, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of “L’ Agruminato” a citrus garden with dozens of orange and lemon trees typical of the Sorrento peninsula.
Surrounded by elegant gardens and camellia trees, Villa Fiorentino is one of the most charming villas in Sorrento. During the summer, the villa is home to art exhibitions, and musical concerts are held on the grounds.
Catch the local “Sita” bus to enchanting village of Nerano Cantone, famous for the crystal clear sea. Relax on the beach and treat your tastebuds to the fresh fish caught just offshore by the local fishermen.
Queen Giovanna’s Baths
Stroll out of town to the Queen Giovanna’s Baths and ancient fortress to view the Mediterranean up close. Walk back or catch the local bus.
Inlaid Wood/Marquetry, Cameos
Local craftsmanship includes inlaid woodwork ‘intarsio’, created in anything from small musical boxes right up to large pieces of furniture. Cameos and corals make splendid jewelry pieces. Admire lifelike Capodimonte figurines created in the Naples area.
The Sorrento and Naples areas are well known for their cuisine, but perhaps the most famous of all is the Pizza Margherita, invented in Naples. Sorrento is renowned for its fresh fish dishes, shell fish (often served with Scialatielli home made pasta) and other sea food such as the delicious calamari. Spaghetti with clams is certainly one of the favorites. For dessert maybe try the local Pastiera (cake with ricotta cheese, wheat grain and candied fruit).
Ask your Local Host about street markets for local color and bargains.
Sea, Sun, Music and Culture
Sorrento offers everything to visitors, sea and sun, magnificent mountain views, music and culture, a relaxing atmosphere and everything within a short distance.